Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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You'll find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in Shanklin, High Street

Opening Hours Monday - Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00

Our bookshop has a selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.

We also have a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.

If you find that we don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you - just ask.

You'll find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers


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It is a quite common practice at the end of church services and other meetings for those present to address each other, as a final blessing and valediction, by saying  what has become known as ‘ The Grace’….. 

“May the grace of  the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of  the Holy Spirit be with you all.”  

These words are drawn from the Book of 2nd Corinthians, actually the 14th verse of the final chapter.   

Like many other words in the English language the word ’ grace ’ has several different meanings depending on context.  ( Obviously we are not referring to grace as in elegant or refined movement in ballet here ) 

So what is meant by grace in the New Testament ?  A dictionary definition says that this grace is …. “The free and unmerited favour of God shown toward man.”  Perhaps the key word here in explaining grace is ‘unmerited‘. Grace is shown to those who don’t deserve it !

John Newton is mainly thought of as a clergyman, preacher, pastor and hymn writer.  However prior to his realization of his need for forgiveness

through the grace of God he had a well earned reputation for unashamed immorality, appalling behaviour and blasphemy. He was involved in the slave trade and a captain of a ship carrying slaves from Africa.

His change of life and acknowledgement of the saving grace of God through Jesus came to be summed up in one of his hymns that was to become one of the favourite and most sung hymns ever written…..

Amazing grace ! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me !
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

So what’s so amazing about grace ? ….. This is the title of a book by the popular author Philip Yancey. In this book, which won an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year award, Philip explores the meaning and scope of grace through stories of people’s experiences. He also suggests the ’condition of ungrace ’ that exists in people’s individual lives through to international politics.  In the Acknowledgments section at the beginning of the book Philip writes…. ‘ I attempt to fathom grace, deal with objections that arise during that process, and discuss how grace is lived out in a cold flinty world ‘.

What’s so amazing about Grace ?  by Philip Yancey  (£9.99)

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